Los Angeles attorneys are known for working long hours for high pay. But they're also known for taking exotic and sometimes long vacations. Summer's coming, and many have booked their trips. Here's a random sample:

Robert Palmer, a securities litigator, will cruise along the coast of British Columbia and Alaska in a 42-foot catamaran.

The managing partner of Los Angeles-based Hennigan Bennett & Dorman LLP usually spends his free time sailing along the coast of California. But for three months, Palmer and his wife will be traveling to the tip of Glacier Bay in southeast Alaska.

"Years ago, I made a visit to Glacier Bay on a cruise boat and was stunned by what an awesome part of the world it is," Palmer said.

During the expedition, they will anchor the boat overnight and spend parts of their days hiking through the forest of British Columbia.

"We want to avoid seeing any bears up close," he joked.

Victor Jih will spend some time with 3 million tourists.

Jih, a partner in the Century City office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, will attend the Olympic Games in Beijing with a group of family and friends.

It won't be Jih's first time watching the Olympics.

"I went to the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 a week before taking the bar exam," he said. "I flew back to California, and the next day I took the exam."

Jih, who speaks Mandarin and will do some interpreting for the group, will visit Shanghai and Hong Kong before flying back to the United States.

Entertainment lawyer Arnold Peter will also travel into foreign territory this summer with his family.

Peter, a name partner at Los Angeles-based Raskin Peter Rubin & Simon LLP, will vacation in San Miguel de Allende, a town 170 miles northwest of Mexico City.

"It's a colonial Spanish city that has a lot of culture and history," Peter said. "It's just one of those magical places that you discover and try to keep a secret so it won't be overrun with tourists."

But it's a working vacation, too. As general counsel of the Expresi & #243;n en Corto International Film Festival, he'll spend part of his time there overseeing Mexico's largest competitive movie fest.

But he'll also enjoy local art galleries and restaurants.

"There are Americans who went there after WWII and established an art and language institute," Peter said. "So there is a large art community."

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